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June 27, 2019
Inside Denver’s attempt to slow ‘summer slide’ for English language learners and struggling readers
Denver Public Schools' "summer academy" serves English language learners and students struggling with reading — with free activities for siblings, too.
READ Act Revisited
April 11, 2019
Colorado literacy bill mandating more teacher training advances
A Colorado bill that would require many early elementary teachers to undergo new training in reading instruction passed unanimously out of the Senate Education Committee…
The right stuff
March 1, 2019
Dyslexia advocates want screening for every struggling reader. A Colorado bill takes a first step.
Lindsay Drakos’ daughter didn’t get diagnosed with dyslexia until she was in fifth grade, after years of struggling with reading.
January 4, 2018
Five takeaways from Chalkbeat’s legislative preview discussion with lawmakers
Colorado legislators gave a preview into the education issues that will be part of the 2018 session including funding, teacher shortage and full-day kindergarten.
December 22, 2017
Concerns about reading scores and school ratings prompt Denver district to send letters to families
Early elementary school students in Denver will get individual reading progress reports.
READ ACT ROUND ROBIN
October 11, 2017
Colorado State Board of Education adopts new early literacy rules for native Spanish speakers, reversing earlier decision
The new READ Act guidelines provide parents the right to request students be tested in English.
August 28, 2017
Upward trend: More of Denver’s youngest students are reading at grade-level
Superintendent Tom Boasberg attributed the progress to a $3.8 million investment last year in early literacy.
Give a little - take a little
April 6, 2017
Colorado lawmakers reach compromise on reading test controversy
A years-long controversy over what language Colorado schools should use to test the reading skills of young English language learners appears to be over.
March 3, 2017
READ Act reform bill advances with full support from Colorado House
If this bill becomes law, districts that test English learners in Spanish would not be required to monitor the students in English.
February 27, 2017
Lawmakers take first step to ease testing burden for young English language learners
If the bill becomes law, it would overrule a decision by the State Board of Education last year that required testing such students at least once in English.
READ Act Spat
Updated March 9, 2016
Thousands of young English learners will take literacy tests in English under state board action
Despite strong opposition, the State Board of Education changed the rules for early literacy testing for students in bilingual and dual-language programs
February 25, 2016
Landmark Colorado reading law draws kudos, concerns from teachers three years in
Three years in, teachers have very different opinions about how Colorado's early literacy law, the READ Act, is impacting kids.
November 23, 2015
Report: Colorado taking its “first steps” when it comes to early literacy policy
A new state-by-state report on early literacy policies ranked Colorado 33, highlighting a few bright spots and several areas that need improvement.
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